On Saturday 15th September an estimated 13 million people, from 155 countries around the world hit the streets, the countryside, the highways, the city centres, the beaches and the forests to pick up rubbish. In our remote part of Tanzania, four teams downed their binoculars, spatulas and computers to help clean up our local communities. 
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Over the past 30 years of operating safari camps in Tanzania’s untouched south, we’ve built up a rich library of camp-fire stories. A story we’re very fond of is the incredible tale of Siwandu’s Three Musketeers and their journey with the Selous Safari Company.
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Siwandu is like a duck; guests (mostly!) see an effortless operation. Good food, cold beer, clever guides and a pristine tent. But underneath the surface we paddle hard...
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Teaching old bush-guides new tricks and new guides old bush-tricks is the job of Brain Bode, our guide training extraordinaire. After a few classroom sessions covering the very exciting subjects of “grasses, sedges & weeds” Brian decided to take the guides out for some fresh-air…
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Life in Ras Kutani is slow: the tranquil pace set by the Indian Ocean’s waves breaking on the Swahili Coast, and the rising and setting of the sun. With sunrise the staff normally arrive in camp to start their day; June 12th turned out to be a day filled with excitement.
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Over the past decade, internet access in safari camps has been a hot topic in many safari-company boardrooms. We explain our new WiFi policy and some of the reasons why it's a a complex issue.
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The Selous Safari Company is delighted to welcome Naomi Dippenaar to our team. Naomi has been appointed as camp manageress at Jongomero Camp in Ruaha National Park and brings with her 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most of it spent in the South African bush.
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Rumour has it that the Royal newlyweds are off on safari for their honeymoon. Harry, who has stayed at Siwandu Camp before, definitely has few valid points for choosing safari over more traditional honeymoon destinations. Read on for our Top 5 reasons...
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Here at Selous Safari Company we never forget that tourists - our guests - are the lifeblood of our industry; and realizing their dreams, desires and expectations is our business. We therefore naturally place the highest priority and investment on training for our guides, and this training is currently underway at Selous Safari Company’s beach lodge, Ras Kutani. The aim is for a fun-filled learning experience, and so, to deliver this, we chose the beach as our classroom! 
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One of the core values and main objectives of Selous Safari Company is to ensure the lodges are run with minimal impact on the environment. Ever since the company was created by Charles Dobie in 1988 it has been a front-runner in eco-friendly tourism in Tanzania. 
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The diversity of the landscape, as it responds to the command of nature, doesn’t fail to inspire and enthral those who experience it, even our most seasoned of guests and guides.
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a safari veteran or a first-timer, lion sightings are always special. We asked Siwandu’s guiding team to give us an update on what the lion prides around Siwandu have been up to since we re-opened for the season last June.
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We would like to welcome Simon and Giulia to the Selous Safari Company as our new Ras Kutani Management Couple. We are excited to have an adventurous and energetic couple looking after Ras and hosting our guests.
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Siwandu Unplugged

November 20, 2017
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When guests in Siwandu recently asked to make music in the restaurant we were hesitant to say yes… sure, our tone-death hyenas don’t always sing the prettiest of songs but bush-noises are an integral part of being in the Selous.
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It is a rare thing in this world with a population of 7.5 billion to find a corner of the planet where you can be the only human being in a 100km radius but Ruaha National Park is already as remote as it gets.
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Kwa heri & Asante Lyndsey! We are very sad to say goodbye to Lyndsey Fair who has been part of our team for the last 5 years as the Marketing & PR Manager.
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When it comes to shoes, we aim for practicality over swagger at Siwandu but read more about how one department choose their footwear..
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“I wonder where the turtles are now?” my boyfriend asks with a dreamy look in his eye. He’s been asking the same question at least every two hours since this morning,
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Most giraffe duals are graceful affairs. Bulls swing theirs heads at each other, slow-motion, and normally the weaker of the two soon realises that the fight is not worth the spoils.
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25 years ago Selous Safari Company opened Ras Kutani's doors for the first time. Ras Kutani has been a peaceful haven for travellers, to escape the stress of everyday life since it opened in 1992.
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We are thrilled to announce all three of our properties have been awarded with Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor - continuing our incredible winning streak!
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Along with Jongomero, Selous Safari Company is thrilled to reveal that Siwandu has also been nominated for a World Travel Award - Tanzania's Leading Safari Lodge!
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We are delighted to announce Jongomero has been nominated for not one but two World Travel Awards. Our exclusive boutique camp has been nominated for both Tanzania's Leading Tented Safari Camp but also Africa's Leading Tented Safari Camp.
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As we fold away the linens, pack away the glassware, empty the fridges and say goodbye for the rains we look back on a wonderful season made all the more special by hosting you all!
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Karibuni Kids!

February 21, 2017
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Siwandu
On 20th February we warmly welcomed a dozen children and two teachers from the local school of Mwaseni to Siwandu in Selous Game Reserve - part of our Selous Safari Kids initiative.
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A huge thank you to Margrethe Mannes for sharing her exquisite video of her safari at Selous Game Reserve.
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For the 5th year in a row Ras Kutani has received the auspicious TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award - not just one but two!
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With the rumbling thunder threatening the horizon of Ruaha National Park it is time to talk about the joys and benefits of the Green Season and why, for some travellers, this would be the best time to visit Jongomero!
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Selous Safari Company is privileged to be highlighted in the Tanzanian press, as a company doing their upmost to dispose of their waste efficiently, reducing our environmental impact and helping preserve Tanzania's gorgeous habitats.
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Our staff are second to none, many of them have been with us for over 20 years and this longevity, skills development and passion is seen consistently through our TripAdvisor reviews which are brimming over with incredible comments from our guests.
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A huge thank you from everyone at Selous Safari Company and also from the Headmaster, Mr. Mzanda, and children of Kichangani Primary School for your incredible donations to Ras Kutani over last season
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“I’ve seen zebras crossing the Grumeti; I’ve seen hyenas bring down a baby elephant; I’ve seen a croc take a lion cub. But I’ve never seen the wildest of all the wild creatures, those damned elusive wild dogs.”
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We are thrilled to announce Siwandu has been awarded not one, but three Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards, which recognises exceptional contributions by outstanding hotels.
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Haven't booked a summer holiday yet? Are you a groom who has forgotten to book the honeymoon? Or are you just wanting to get away from it all and visit a different country, culture, landscape? Then contact your tour operator today and ask about our incredible last minute rates which are bookable 30 days before travel and can save you up to an INCREDIBLE 70%!
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It was wonderful to welcome the trainee guides from Mkuyu Guide School to Jongomero last week and offer them a day looking around and learning about the camp and the lifestyle they could have in the future if they continue with their studies.
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Just before we opened the camps this week we were thrilled to receive notification from TripAdvisor that all three properties within our portfolio had been awarded Certificates of Excellence - what a way to start a season!
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Watching baby breen turtles make their first journey from the shell to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is a treat many of our guests at Ras Kutani get to witness, in fact more and more every year due to the diligent work of SeaSense. SeaSense is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks.
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A lovely morning was spent with the children of Mbutu Mkwajuni School - a primary school for children between the ages of 4-14 from the surrounding villages - and their headmaster Shaha Mzanda and the Chairman of Kichangani, Omary Mgaza as we delightedly handed over donations for their school.
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"There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you have drunk half a bottle of champagne - bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive" ~ Karen Blixen
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Wildlife conservation has always been a integral part of Selous Safari Company's vision and manifesto, however with terrifying statistics emerging daily, elephant conservation has become an area that requires far more attention, and soon, or we will have no elephant in the world in under a decade.
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A few weeks ago we had thirteen very special day visitors at Siwandu - our first group of Selous Safari Kids! The pilot project began last season with the idea of engaging the younger generation of our local community with the importance of tourism for not only revenue and employment but also teaching them that conserving the environment and the wildlife is of the utmost importance for their future life and also for future generations.
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Following on from our recent FGASA Level 1 glory - I just wanted to keep you up to date on how our training is progressing this season. Brian Bode is back with us at Siwandu and been focussing on getting our new Head Guide, Mohammed and also our two new guides, Apollo & Enoch settled in with their new roles.
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Through our love of delicious food, eye for detail, stunning décor and consistent service, Selous Safari Company have always prioritised the wildlife experience above all else. In 1988, Charles Dobie set out to venture into virgin landscapes and seek the purest safari adventure – he found it in Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. On foot, by boat or in open sided 4WD vehicles, guests through the decades have experienced the best Southern Tanzania offers and now the experience has just got better!
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One of our final game walks of the season has just taken place at Siwandu... The two guests on the walk were in the experienced and capable hands of Mpoto, our walking guide, and Isaac Rotich, our Gold Member KPSGA* guide from Kenya, who has been helping us at Siwandu with training guides to be FGASA** Level 1.
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Ourselves and the team here at Ras Kutani are absolutely delighted to have been voted Best Hotel for Service & Top Small Hotel in Tanzania in the recent TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award! This elite honor is awarded to the top 1% of all hotels on TripAdvisor, based on reviews and opinions from millions of travellers and this will be the third year in a row we have received this accolade! We are so thrilled because this award comes directly from our guests, who took the time to review our beach retreat and we are so grateful!
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“Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.” Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General
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Courage of Giraffes

November 11, 2014
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For those of us who are sensitive, you may wish to avoid this blog post however it is fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking to see and to hear the cruelty of the natural world. From severe droughts and fatal injuries to vicious predator hunts - the circle of life in the animal kingdom never ends and a perfect example of the courage needed to face this despair happened in Siwandu with our guests Jean Pierre & An
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We are delighted to announce Siwandu as the 2014 Winner of Tanzania's Leading Safari Lodge!
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We are lucky enough to live and work in Selous Game Reserve - from its stunning landscapes to its thrills of wildlife we are invited to experience the sublime. Our guests also are drawn into this wilderness and witness Mother Nature at her very best. And Colin "Wild Dog" Gross was no exception as himself, his wife Barbara and 14 friends watched as a pack of Wild Dog cavorted and played.
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At Selous Safari Company we get so many gorgeous guests who arrive and instantly become family. As Marketing Manager I get the pure delight to read the reviews, feedback and receive countless photos and videos from both satisfiued agents and very happy guests, who we hope to join us again soon.
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As everyone knows - we absolutely adore our elephant at Selous Safari Company and with poaching numbers receeding at a dramatic rate in Selous Game Reserve, they can begin to feel safe again. We are delighted that Mr Kibonde, Chief Warden in Selous and the team at the Wildlife Division have had such success so far - long may it continue!
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At Selous Safari Company we are lucky enough to have both our bush camps in areas where Wild Dog are found. Selous Game Reserve has the largest population of Wild Dog in the globe and Ruaha National Park holds the second largest population so if you love these rare and beautiful creatures you cannot go wrong by coming to our camps and giving yourself the best opportunity to see them!
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The decks have been swept and waxed, the sheets have been tucked in, the glassware has been polished and the food is being prepared for your arrival! We are delighted to announce the opening of the 2014/15 season and looking forward to hosting our guests from Sunday 1st June!
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We have great delight in announcing that Selous Safari Company camps have topped the bill again! TripAdvisor is a wonderful tool for past, present and future guests and to be recognised for our excellence in our regions by our fellow travellers is an accolade we strive
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When Charles Dobie began Selous Safari Company, he wanted to not only go into virgin, remote, stunning locations and open them up to new eyes but he also wanted strived to encourage "good tourism" - tourism which not only partnered conservation but also strived to be ecologically friendly, to ensure our footprint on the ground was negligible. Our camps have been built with these things in mind and are sympathetic to the environment we have the privilege to inhabit.
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With the next season peeking around the corner why not look at our new Honeymoon Safari itinerary - a wonderful combination of beach & bush, perfect after a busy wedding.
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Yesterday in a presentation at The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism renowned Ivory Room - Charles Dobie proudly passed over cheques totalling 42,500,000 Tsh ($26,563) to Mr Benson Kibonde, the Manager of Selous Game Reserve. (The above photo is press in Mwananchi, a Tanzanian paper)
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The recent statistics say that within 7 years the elephant will be extinct; no more will these gorgeous beasts roam the savannahs of Africa and those iconic photographs and experiences will be resigned to history. When our children ask about Dumbo and Colonel Hathi we will have to tell them of these magnificent animals which we watched get slaughtered to make bracelets and trinkets.
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What a glorious past week we have had at Jongomero! We have had a number of wonderful elephant and lion sightings not far from camp. Just yesterday a herd of ellies were observed a mere 100m from camp. As I always say this is the animals' home and we are only renting it from them - so they are free to roam where they wish and we have to respect and enjoy the sightings they afford u
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For the second year in a row Ras Kutani has been voted not only Top Small Hotel but also Top Romantic Hotel 2014 by TripAdvisor and their People's Choice Awards! Ras Kutani is a serene slice of heaven on the Swahili Coast, offering stunning accommodation, sumptuous seafood dishes, endless beaches and an escape into pure relaxation.
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Terrapin Hatchings

January 20, 2014
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Siwandu
Yesterday we had our first tropical storm for the year and although we had to scramble to get the boats secure, drop all weather screens and hang on to the table cloths and cutlery, it also gave us the inspiration that only the rains can bring after the long dry season and when it eventually cleared and the birds starting singing and a bit of sunshine peaked through the heavy dark clouds, we found a beautiful little baby terrapin at the reception, who was on its way to the lake. I just love Africa!
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Spring Fever

January 10, 2014
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Jongomero
"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" - Mark Twain
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After the heat of the day subsides, Ras Kutani offers an oasis of serenity as the last rays of the day slide beyond the horizon.
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Monster Bugs!

January 6, 2014
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Siwandu
The one thing I really enjoy about the rainy season in the tropics is the amount of interesting insects, bugs and critters that we get to see. From the wriggly worms to beautiful butterflies, fireflies to alien looking monster bugs! This big guy lives in an old rotten log next to the pathway from the pool and isn’t he impressive!
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